Power Play

Limits to US options over Hong Kong

Given the city’s status and limited appetite for tougher action among businesses, Washington has not found the pressure points needed to make China change course.

Washington lambasted the Beijing government for going back on its word to respect Hong Kong's autonomy and democracy.PHOTO: AFP

Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.

After Beijing imposed the controversial national security law on Hong Kong last year, Washington responded with sanctions and strong words, lambasting the mainland Chinese government for going back on its word to respect the city's autonomy and democracy.

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